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Old 11-27-2014, 04:24 PM   #1
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Vintage dirt score

I wanted to share my dirt bike score from earlier today. These were stashed under cover in a pretty dry climate. All turn over with compression and should be easy to have running. The plan is to clean and service each, get them titled and possibly sell two to fund the third. I was told they were all Can-Am since that's all we could see.

There's a 250cc 75 Can-Am MX-1. This was king of the hill in its day, making some 42 hp and killing the competition. Quickly I see there were only 600 of this model built.

Second to be extracted is a Yamaha TT500. The alloy tank looks to be dent free and the bike is in overall good shape.

Finally, I found a 250 Bultaco, likely a Pursang MK4. Both Akront wheels have taken a solid hit and the fiberglass tank needs a little help, though it was likely drained and stored before the introduction of ethanol in gasoline.

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Old 11-27-2014, 09:36 PM   #2
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You lucky bastard.
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Old 11-27-2014, 10:11 PM   #3
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Laugh 3 Dirt Bikes? The TT is best bike out the 3!!!

I sell the Cam-am and the Bultaco. I restore the TT 500 and ride it!!:freak y
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Old 11-28-2014, 04:24 PM   #4
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That's pretty much what I had in mind but I won't go as far as a restoration. I was eyeing a TT on Craigslist that morning, thinking that I'd like to have one of my own. I was pretty excited to uncover this one!

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Old 11-28-2014, 08:05 PM   #5
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Nice find!
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Old 11-29-2014, 08:20 AM   #6
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I sell the Cam-am and the Bultaco. I restore the TT 500 and ride it!!:freak y
I'd do the same, keep the Yamaha.
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Old 11-30-2014, 08:51 PM   #7
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Funny the only bike I would keep is the Bultaco. Canned ham is to new for AHRMA and the Yamaha is a joke....only good for a play bike.
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Old 11-30-2014, 08:55 PM   #8
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I'd keep the Bully.
Looks like the CanAm has a modified swingarm?
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Old 11-30-2014, 09:42 PM   #9
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I would keep all 3. When do u think u will ever see a can am or bultaco again? Yamaha's are not hard to find.
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Old 12-03-2014, 03:16 PM   #10
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I've ridden all three - a long time ago...

Get them all running and ride them - you'll keep the CanAm...
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Old 12-13-2014, 09:08 PM   #11
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Progress today - the two-strokes got power washed, oil service, new spark plugs (except for the NLA racing plug that goes in the front hole on the 'Taco) and carb overhaul, just to baseline the bikes and see what I'm working with.

The Bultaco runs and rides, quite well. I'm guessing this bike was parked due to a failure in the fiberglass fuel tank rather than some mechanical failure. I'm leaning toward a low-budget sled build at the moment.

The Can-Am fired but it was getting too late to go any further. It was in neutral, now locked solid in first gear, clutch is stuck and the kicker return is broken. At the least, I'll have to open the primary cover to see what's happening. It's a neat bike, but had the low pipe swapped in favor of an ill fitting high pipe and the head was modified to clear the pipe. Parts seem generally difficult to find. I'm not too thrilled with this bike.

I'll clean and service the Yamaha tomorrow. Good news too - CHP tells me the bikes are all clear of 'the system'.

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Old 12-14-2014, 04:34 PM   #12
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The Bultaco's tank looks like it's from a Frontera.
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Old 12-14-2014, 05:17 PM   #13
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Bul Tank

Looks like a Dino's Customs Tank. I have one on my Frontera as well.
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Old 12-14-2014, 05:24 PM   #14
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Yea it's a Dino's. I began cleaning it out today but it's a mess. The first few flushes got straight poop. I'm leaning toward cutting it open to clean it properly, fix a few leaky dings, change the cap, glue it back together, then Caswell it. It was likely parked long before ethanol fuels so I think it's otherwise solid.

The Can-Am and Yamaha run great now. The TT is closest to being a runner and sounds nasty with the little 3" long silencer. The Can-Am is still the least desirable to me. I hope the transmission problem is a quick fix.

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